Formula 1 Technology Inspires 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV

Honda Fit | Fayetteville, NC

Finding a solid balance of power and efficiency isn’t always easy, but the 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV manages to do just that. As the newest hybrid hatchback in the Honda lineup, this model offers racetrack-inspired efficiency to match its fuel economy.

During the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda introduced this electrified model, which combines a two-motor hybrid system with a 1.5-liter engine. The Fit e:HEV also comes with three driving modes to choose from – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive – which were inspired by the Honda Formula 1 program.

Each mode allows you to find the right balance of power and fuel efficiency based on your driving style at any given moment. It also utilizes an electronic control system to help you seamlessly switch between these options on the go.

“During a Formula 1 race weekend, teams have to manage very carefully how much fuel they use to comply with the sport’s regulations,” Yasuaki Asaki, the head of power unit development at Honda, explained, “In a race, we can divide the total fuel allowance over the number of laps, but there are going to be situations where a team might wish to use more fuel in order to get higher performance and in other parts of the race they will want to save fuel for later, while behind a safety car for example.”

Asaki has managed to “deliver the best possible power to efficiency ratio for the driver, in any required driving mode” because he utilized these practices, making the hybrid Fit a solid option in its segment.

All of us at Bryan Honda are continually impressed with the automaker’s engineering prowess, including currently available Honda Fit.